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  1. They can and they do (in certain instances - admittedly not here however). But because there isn't a full schedule, it still wouldn't be able to give you the prediction versus the schedule, as there is no schedule to operate against. Dan
  2. There's another point to this that Dave doesn't seem to understand. The cars have to be taken virtually completely apart to be properly decontaminated. And these are devices that aren't really designed to be taken apart to that level. Sure, you can remove the trucks, and the seats, and the interior panels. But a lot of the wiring and plumbing is going to have to be removed and in a lot of cases replaced, and I suspect that long lengths of it were not designed to be replaced for the life of the vehicle. It may even require that all-new materials were going to have to be sourced and
  3. They rejigged the schedules some time ago - shortly after the original service cutbacks at the beginning of the pandemic - to allow them to run a half-hourly service to Oakville. This was at the same time that they went away from the :13/:43 timings at Union. Dan
  4. Oh, no doubt. But if people want to make it an either/or, well...... And to be fair, we as a City finally seemed to start doing better in the late 1970s. So, you know, after 2+ decades of collective mediocrity on the transit front, and centuries as a community. And as Bus_Medic correctly pointed out, we're also light-years ahead of them in terms of accessibility. (Not to say that the TTC is perfect, they're anything but. At least they seem to have a plan that they are working towards.) Dan
  5. Maybe this is just me being pragmatic, but if it was just down to the two choices I'd much rather have Toronto's much higher capacity than their architectural beauty. Pretty places are nice to have, but if they can't move people than they're kind of pointless. Dan
  6. The doors were designed to allow for easy opening despite the rise and fall of the air pressure inside the structure as the trains passed in the tunnels below, but still prevent most of the outside air and weather from rushing in. And while they did that reasonably well, they were also heavy and cumbersome, and frankly difficult for a lot of people to use. I remember seeing lots of young children straining trying to open them for adults, and not being able to budge them. I remember seeing lots of adults struggle to open them to get into or out of the subway. While their
  7. Gotta love the Metrolinx fluff pieces like this. So yes, they're closing the station. That was always known, and it was frankly just a matter of time before they pulled the trigger. But they're not demolishing it. It's not in the way of anything right now. They'll simply remove the fare equipment from the platform, take down the shelters and benches, throw out some signage and put a gate with a lock across the access walkway. Dan
  8. I can't help but believe that the current thinking is that service will be increasing in September. Indeed, what I've seen in terms of ridership over the past several weeks as we've decreased the restriction levels would steer me in that direction. Keep in mind too, that there are still 7 cars off-property. If they are planning a return to "regular service" after Labour Day, they would probably not want any more than this (and possibly even fewer) away getting work. Dan
  9. Units are usually sent to a scrapper once they have been sold off - several pairs of units have been sent to a particular scrapper in Ajax/Whitby conveniently located off of CN. Considering that several railroads in the US - and CN, as well - have been reactivating locomotives over the past month or so, it stands to reason that CP will also get caught in the uplift, and may have to do the same. Some of these units may come back - but by the same token, they may not if there are other units stored elsewhere, closer to where the increases in traffic have been. Dan
  10. Just to reiterate this.... There was another bridge strike at Bloor this morning. Dan
  11. If a train struck it, that would indicate that a train had derailed, and considering the locations of most of the bridges on the network, those derailments would thus be happening with a reasonable amount of speed - and so don't you think that we'd hear about that? Heat inspections are necessary when the temperature reaches 29C or so, and happen network-wide. The more specifically localized ones are for things like bridge strikes or broken rails. Dan
  12. Frequently, it's due to bridge strikes. For instance, there was another one early yesterday afternoon at Ray Ave. Dan
  13. "Better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt." -Someone far smarter than I
  14. Then maybe you should do some reading before trying to proclaim yourself an expert? Dan
  15. The idea has been around far longer than 2007. Hell, when GO started running buses in 1970, they were originally contracted out to two companies. They brought it in-house a couple of years later, once they realized that the bus service was a good idea. Dan
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